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The finished products. / COURTESY THE STEEL YARD

Steel Yard artisans meld art, function

Walking along a city street in Rhode Island, you do a double-take, smile, maybe nudge a companion and point to a trash can or...
ACCOMPLISHED: Among Norah Diedrich’s many accomplishments as executive director of the Newport Art Museum are creating a new position of director of community engagement and implementing two successful programs, “Art After Dark” and “Second Saturdays,” since joining the museum in April 2015. / PBN PHOTO/PAUL 

A passion for art education

When Norah Diedrich was 8 or 9 years old, growing up outside Chicago, she would entertain herself at home by engaging in a favorite...
PEER HEROES: Manny DeBrito, right, formed A’s be4 to train mentors to work with local youth. He’s pictured with Raymond Ramos (Batman) and his 4-year-old son Theo DeBrito. / COURTESY JACKIE YOUNG/JACQUELYN CAROL CO.

N.B. nonprofit develops mentors

Manny DeBrito has coached basketball for about 15 years, and the discipline has taught him what it means to be a mentor.It also helped...
HELPING HANDS: Keith Lang, executive director of 84-year-old, Cranston-based Champlin Foundation, speaks with Donna Maria Blanchette.  / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Five Questions with Keith Lang

1. The Champlin Foundation has a long history of philanthropy in Rhode Island. What are your primary areas of focus? Nearly 90 percent of...
PBN PHOTO/Michael Salerno

Five questions with Steven G. O’Donnell

1. After five years as the R.I. State Police superintendent and serving as the commissioner of the R.I. Department of Public Safety, why did...
RHODY BOOST: Tom Giordano, executive director, Partnership for Rhode Island, says the nonprofit will work to better the state’s education, employment and business environments. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Business leaders partner for stronger Rhode Island

The nonprofit Partnership for Rhode Island brings together the heads of companies that collectively employ more than 500,000 people.The companies all have headquarters or...
ARTISTIC VISION: Michael Rich is chairman of the Executive Committee for Arts in Common, which is trying to transform the Walley School and two surrounding former school buildings into an arts and cultural district. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Former Bristol schools now an arts center

In Bristol, three decommissioned public schools on the town common have taken on new life, the nucleus of a cultural and arts center envisioned...
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